British lone gem designer Jacob Shaw, known as Ziggyworking on a cooperative survival horror game The Store is Closed. In it, players will find themselves in a furniture store after it closes and, fighting off distraught employees, find a way out and learn the dark secrets of the fictional SCP Foundation.
Despite the pronounced indie nature of the game, it attracted the attention of the largest retail chain Ikea. The furniture giant claimed trademark infringement and demanded that the developer remove all indications of ownership of the game store.
In particular, such indications were considered a blue and yellow sign with a Scandinavian name on the store, a blue building in the form of a box, shirts with vertical stripes similar to those worn by Ikea employees, gray runners on the floor, as well as furniture and signs that look like Ikea.
Ziggy states that the mentioned buildings and signs are shown exclusively in the start menu, and we do not see them in the game. The store itself is called Styr, a playfully redesigned Store, and in Swedish it means “control”. But Ikea, on the contrary, is not a Scandinavian word at all, but an abbreviation.
According to the developer, he did not create furniture on his own, but used purchased sets of assets. And gray paths can be found in the mass of large stores.
However, the creator of the game has already begun to remake. He’s weighing against a potential lawsuit between a $25.4 billion company and a guy who’s so far raised through Kickstarter 53 thousand euros for the creation of the game.
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